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Road pricing petition goes mad

On Tuesday I reported on the road pricing petition at the Number 10 website. Since then it has been going bananas (more thanks to the Telegraph than me I suspect!).

Right now the tally stands at 108,956. This is quite incredible. The hunting lobby is extremely well organised and active and they only got 16,831 signatures for their petition. To beat this by a factor of 6 is amazing.

I have been tracking the numbers for the last four days:

  • January 2nd 10:01 72,650 signatures
  • January 3rd 10:29 78,080 signatures
  • January 4th 7:51 92,413 signatures
  • January 5th 23:49 108,956 signatures.

If you don’t want to pay a whole new tax that just gets spent on dumb IT and pen pushers then follow the link.

24 replies on “Road pricing petition goes mad”

My comment is, road pricing already exists via the tax imposed on fuel, the more you use the more you pay, the collection of this tax is all in place, and does not require billions to be spent on new technology, this system also allows people to conduct their lives in private without the state knowing your every move, which I find totaly repugnant. I think Tony Blair really wants to turn this country into a third world bannana republic, this country became great because we developed mobility. Mr Blair will not be fondly remembered by history.

Its already over 842 000 and climbing over 70k a day at present, so a million by valentines day is a rather low estimate.

But it deserves double that (2 million) I think by the expiry date

I was the 1003950 th person to sign it today – or there abouts.

I will be voting against any party that decides to introduce this scheme and I will be encouraging others to do the same.

Whitehall Minister…”I just cant seem to find out how to contact everyone during the next election…..phoning costs lots, canvassing too but there has to be a better way to do this”.

Sir Humphrey…”Let me see sir….you want to be able to reach lots of people at a cost effective price?”

Minister….…”Yes but how to do it?”

Sir Humphrey (stroking his chin in consideration)…. “What if I could facilitate this communication and also throw in a data base resource listing the email addresses of a huge number of people…which will make it easier to tap into their messages when we need too?”

Minister…”Sounds wonderful…how can we fool people into doing that and also bombard them with political messages before the election?”

Sir Humphrey…” Easy sir…just let it be known you are going to do something absolutely outrageous…something that touches the hearts of the vast majority of voters…such as cars. Have a war, close schools, denude hospitals of nurses,…but threaten their cars and you are really touching the pulse of the country… How about pay as you drive congestion/watch you by satellite system?”

Minister…” And what if we created a government website which will allow the electorate to actually send in this personal information…without having to do a damned thing ourselves, plus it would have the added advantage of hiding any really bad news?”

Sir Humphrey…”YES MINISTER”…..

This proposal would do nothing to ease congestion nor to reduce pollution.
people do not drive cars for pleasure, only from necessity.
Why not admit that it is simply one more of Gordon Brown’s sly schemes to increase taxation.

I will be voting against any party that decides to introduce this scheme and I will be encouraging others to do the same.

I will be voting against any party that decides to introduce this scheme and I will be encouraging others to do the same.

I will be voting against any party that decides to introduce this scheme and I will be asking others to do complete this survey to show support.

I will be voting against any party that decides to introduce this scheme and I will be asking others to do complete this survey to show support.

I heard about the petition on Radio 4 this morning and so tried to vote but the site appears to be down at the moment

How strange after the R4 coverage this morning that the site is down and would not accept my attempt to register. I’ll keep trying!

Why not everyone just work for NOTHING, then the Government will get NOTHING. If we pay NOTHING to the Government, they will be on REDUCED INCOME so it may get rid of some of the LEECHES who are in POLITICS. Just how many POLITIANS ACTUALLY WORK for US `n` NOT their OWN BENEFIT?
The ONLY people to benefit from increased TAXES are the POLITITIANS themselves, “INCREASED TAXES = INCREASED SALARIES”. What is “BLAIRS % increase = to against my O.A.P?

Tried to register following the radio 4 coverage this morning and couldn’t. As Mr Davies says above ‘how strange’. I’ve beed trying all day to no avail.

How far will this government go, taxing and increasing taxes, on everything they can think of to line there pockets, and for Tony Blair to live his rock-n-roll life style. If this road pricing came in, what would happen to the ordinary working man or woman, on minimum or low wage, that needed there car to get to work. Most working people have to travel a fair distance these days, seeing that this goverment has let most of our industry go to East European countries, where the fat cat bosses can get fatter still. People will not be able to afford to go to work.
I added my signature to the petition last week. I hope someone will listen.

TYpical! I tried to sign the petition but the site is down. Is it because they don’t want any more signatures – too much pressure (on the policy makers), or can the system not cope – too much pressure ( another government computer farce.

we have enough people watching us now { bus lanes, speed cameras , traffic light cameras ,polce speed traps , cctv everywhere } we have had enough !!!

This scheme is just a tax scam, astronomically expensive to set up, unworkable and the technology involved will be an another attack on our civil liberties. Moreover it is being fronted by a Scottish minister. This arrogant twit maintains that the views of one million plus people can just be dismissed and that the government will go ahead regardless with ‘pilot schemes’. Perhaps we could see these pilot schemes implemented first in Glasgow and Edinburgh and have Scottish MPs answering to their own constituents for a change.

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